The Boston Public Market Is Now Home to an Allergy-Free Bakery
A 22-year-old from Revere is making life a little sweeter for people living with food allergies.
Jennifer LaSala, the woman behind Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery, just announced that her allergy-free bakery has signed a permanent lease at the Boston Public Market, following a month-long pop-up shop. The booth will sell baked goods made without gluten, nuts, eggs, and dairy. Some products are also sugar-free.
Wondering what’s left? LaSala sources local ingredients like jam, apple cider syrup, maple syrup, produce, and alcohol from local purveyors to make her donuts, cakes, cookies, muffins, and breads. Her blog also offers plenty of tips for at-home allergy-free baking, like subbing in bananas or applesauce for eggs, and honey or agave for sugar.
LaSala has been in the kitchen for years, but she was inspired to make the bakery allergy-free when she suffered a serious allergy attack while recovering from an accident. Doctors told her she was likely severely allergic to gluten or dairy.
“I was terrified. What would I eat?” she wrote in a statement. “I later found out that my allergies were not to food but to painkillers. With that scare, I changed my bakery to cater to those with allergies, so that they can have a safe place to eat without worry.”
Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, bostonpublicmarket.org.